The end of the world has been frequently discussed by peoples across the world. This subject is often dealt with in Science, Religion, Philosophy, and other areas of human knowledge. Some may have different political perspectives, present environmental warnings, or make various interpretations through art and cinema.
Everyone has relevant points of view; in fact many of them—when presented in a respectful way—serve as warnings that draw our attention to how we have been treating the planet, its natural resources, the human beings, and especially our Spirit.
However, one question still arises: Is the world going to end?
To help answer this question, we will start with the universal teachings of Jesus, who, for the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit,1 is the Ecumenical Christ, the Divine Statesman.
What does Jesus say about the end of the world?
Let us refer back to the Divine Statesman, who, in the account of John the Evangelist 1:1-3, said:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him, Jesus Christ, nothing was made that has been made.” He is “the Faithful and True Witness, the ruler of God's creation,” as the evangelist-prophet also affirms in the Apocalypse of Jesus 3:14.
Since Christ is the ultimate Authority on the subject, what does He have to say about the end of the world?
According to the President-Preacher of the Religion of the Third Millennium, José de Paiva Netto, Jesus tells, “thousands of years beforehand,” in His Prophetic Preaching, facts that—to a certain extent—have already occurred and are taking place with increasing intensity.
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (The Gospel according to Matthew 24:14).
With regard to these words of the Divine Master, Paiva Netto explains in the JESUS IS ARRIVING! magazine, Issue number 127, in his article “End of Times and Those Who Persevere in Jesus”:
“The end of what? Of the planet? Well, the way humans are behaving, it is enough to make us fearful of that. All this, however, was already registered in the Apocalypse. It is written there that after so many frightful and terrible things happen, which were sowed with our own hands, we will see in the world, as promised in the Book of Final Prophecies 21:1: ‘a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’
“This means to say that the planet will not be extinct. Thank God we will not be able to destroy our only dwelling. However, ‘very few are left,’ in the words of the remarkable Prophet Isaiah (24:6). Let us then be prepared for a profound transformation.”
This is how the writer presents the Book of Final Prophecies as the herald of this “profound transformation.” In it, which is a letter from a Friend, as the Religion of the Third Millennium defends, Jesus prepares humanity for such moment.
Before the “New Heaven and the New Earth,” we find guidelines and warnings from Christ dedicated to the Seven Churches of Asia (The Apocalypse, chapters 2 and 3), which represent the various stages of humanity’s spiritual and social development.
Also in the Apocalypse, there is a disclosure of our private and public attitudes and feelings, which are revealed by Jesus when the Seals are opened (chapters 5 and 6), with their serious consequences as announced by the Trumpets (chapters 8, 9, and 11), and completed in the plagues (chapters 15 and 16).
At the same time, many other shocking events occur in Heaven, with a profound impact on Earth, leading to the ethical maturing of spiritual and human beings, culminating in Jesus’ Triumphal Return to Planet Earth (chapters 1:7 and 22:7, 12, and 20).
Therefore, the world will have to face all the facts announced by the Apocalypse, because they are the consequence of what humans sow—whether good or bad deeds—but never a punishment from God. This, however, does not mean that the world will end.
The Return of Jesus assures that the world will not end
This event—the happiest in history—is the key for understanding that the world will not be destroyed, as Paiva Netto explains in his book Jesus, o Profeta Divino [Jesus, the Divine Prophet]:
“The world is not going to end, unless we, restless human beings, push it towards such a fate. What is more, what might be extinguished or significantly be reduced in number is the human race, not the Earth, unless a great celestial body hits it. And I am not being pessimistic about the coming events, because the Apocalypse itself, which comes from God, ends with a praise exalting Life (22:20 and 21):
“20 He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’
“21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people forever and ever. Amen.
“As for all that is announced, let us remain calm, for the Divine Prophet is in charge. Now, as Jesus gloriously returns, He returns to something that still exists, the planet Earth.”
Jesus is the greatest certainty that the world will continue to exist, but the Earth will be transformed and be much better than we see it today (thank God!) He Himself promises that He will return to this “New Heaven and New Earth.” Also in Jesus, the Divine Prophet, the author writes:
“Now, let us say this once again so we do not forget it: Since Jesus is returning, surely the planet will not succumb. So be it! Remember what John describes in the first verse of chapter 21: ‘Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.’”
Some people may think that, because these new horizons and new territories will be established, the destruction of the previous ones is implied. But the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit defends the following argument, which was put forward decades ago by its late Proclaimer, Alziro Zarur (1914-1979), and that Paiva Netto registered:
“Zarur used to explain that an intelligent landlord is not going to destroy the house (in this case, the world) because of bad tenants, but, rather remove them from it. That is only fair.”
Therefore, with the bad tenants removed, the house is renovated, and in there will remain those who are blessed by the Divine Prophet, who will act according to the Law of the Book of Final Prophecies and reward them “according to what they have done” (The Gospel according to Matthew 16:27 and the Apocalypse 20:13).
In His Sermon on the Mount, the Heavenly Educator teaches us that: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth” (The Gospel according to Matthew 5:5), but naturally, after the necessary purification, as Paiva Netto clarifies in the book Jesus, the Divine Prophet.
On this subject, he also presents the words of Dr. Bezerra de Menezes (1831-1900), a Brazilian physician, politician, miracle worker, and coordinator in the Spiritual Realm of the World Revolution of the Spirits of Light, in the Fourth Revelation, the Divine Religion. Dr. Bezerra de Menezes thus wrote in the prestigious Brazilian newspaper O Paiz, in the 19th century:
“The planet continues to change but only in condition; evolving; passing, for example, from a world of atonement—as it is the case of the Earth and many others—to a world of regeneration—as are those above it, and to which we should aspire to rise, because this is where human progress is made, amid laughter and flowers, and no longer at the cost of pain and torture, as it is in purgatory.
“The planet, therefore, continues. It does not end, as some who interpret the Scriptures in a literal way believe. . . . The Last Judgment is, in Spirit and Truth, the separation or distinction between those who have the approval to follow the planet in its [new] ascension and those who do not have it.”
Jesus wants everyone to evolve. So let us do our part to improve our feelings through good daily attitudes. If we do so, it will not be necessary to fear the end of time—nor the end of the world—but we must remain alert to transformative events, since, as Paiva Netto also warns and reassures us in the JESUS IS ARRIVING! magazine, Issue number 127:
“Where Love cannot establish itself, pain comes and acts. And sometimes it acts overwhelmingly, because of the urgency of the body that is delirious, burning up with fever, and overcome by an infection that needs urgent surgery.
“This is what sowing is about, my friends! But on the other hand, over the millennia many people have sowed Love, Truth, Justice, and Work on behalf of the harmony among spiritual and human beings. They will also be rewarded with the august wealth, as this cycle draws to a close, which will ultimately determine the disappearance of the civilization of plunder and hatred.”
Let us pray and work today for a better future. Thus, we will fulfill on Earth the marvelous prophecy of the Apocalypse (11:15):
“The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.”
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1 Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit — also called the Religion of the Third Millennium, and the Religion of Universal Love. This is the Ecumenical Religion of Brazil and the world.